We invite applications for a PhD position in high-redshift astrophysics/cosmology and intensity mapping studies at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP) at Heidelberg University to work in the ‘Computer Vision Astrophysics’ research group led by Dr. Caroline Heneka.
The doctoral researcher will join a research group that focuses on multi-line intensity mapping and modern machine learning as a probe of high-redshift astrophysics and cosmology, with particular focus on signatures of the first generation galaxies, the intergalactic medium as well as of cosmological structure formation down from high redshifts of the Epoch of Reionisation to present times. The project will focus on state-of-the-art modelling, simulation and inference from observations to learn about our multi-coloured Universe with intensity maps. The researcher can also collaboratively work on novel machine learning techniques for optimal synergy with astrophysical intensity mapping. The PhD candidate will be a member of the Heidelberg Graduate School for Physics (HGSFP), which offers outstanding research and training opportunities.
The research group is active in a multitude of collaborations such as the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), ESO’s 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope (4MOST), and preparations for the Cosmic Dawn Intensity Mapper (CDIM) as a successor to the approved SPHEREx satellite, and collaborates with researchers for example in Germany, the US, France and Italy. The successful candidate will benefit from the vibrant astrophysics/cosmology and machine learning community in Heidelberg, including a large number of colloquia, journal clubs, and symposia, as well as frequent visitors.
Applicants should hold a Master's degree in Physics or equivalent at the time of starting the PhD. The position is initially funded for three years. Remuneration at 75% TV-L E13 (German public service scale) is foreseen. The starting date is negotiable, preferably early 2023, latest fall of 2023. Please send a cover letter, a CV, your Bachelor/Master degree transcript incl. grades, and a brief statement of relevant scientific expertise/interest (max. 2 pages) in a single pdf file to [email protected]. Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of reference sent to the same email address. Applications submitted by December 16th, 2022 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. For further information please contact Dr. Caroline Heneka ([email protected]).
Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.